1

Is there any grammatical error in either of the following sentence or they both are correct and interchangeably usable ?

Both the teams played the game fairly.

Both the teams played a fair game.

2 Answers 2

1

Both the teams played the game fairly.

Here, fairly describes the play of the game. This means that both teams followed the rules properly. It makes no mention of the quality of their performances.

Both the teams played a fair game.

Here, fair describes the quality of the game. This means that both teams showed reasonable skill and strategy in their performances. It does not imply anything about fouls or penalties.

1

@Davo gave a good answer, I want to add:

  • Both the teams played the game fairly. - answers the question "How did they play the game?" This can be thought of as "legitimately" - in a way that conforms to the law or to rules. "Fairly" means in the right way.
  • Both the teams played a fair game. - answers the question "What kind of game did they play?" "fair" means right; reasonable.

If a game or competition is fair, it is done according to the rules, "It was a fair fight."

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .